Females Finish 1-2 in San Luis Obispo Handicap
ARCADIA, Calif. (AP) _ Windsharp overtook Wandesta in the final strides to win Monday’s $210,800 San Luis Obispo Handicap at Santa Anita by three-quarters of a length.
Windsharp became only the second female winner in 29 runnings of the race, joining 1961 winner Geechee Lou.
Windsharp and Wandesta are both 5-year-old mares and were the only females among the six older horses who ran in the race, contested in a light rain on a turf course listed as firm.
Even-money favorite Northern Spur, who won an Eclipse Award as thoroughbred racing’s outstanding turf horse last year, faded in the stretch to finish fourth.
Northern Spur, ridden by Chris McCarron and carrying high weight of 123 pounds, was running in a race for the first time since Oct. 28, when he won the $2 million Breeders’ Cup Turf at Belmont Park.
Ridden by Eddie Delahoussaye and carrying 115 pounds, Windsharp paid $7.60, $4 and $3.40 as the 28-10 second-favorite.
The win was the seventh in 17 lifetime starts for Windsharp and was worth $130,800, raising the career earnings of the Kentucky-bred daughter of Lear Fan to $334,563.
Windsharp covered the 1 1/2-mile distance in 2:30 1-5 _ well off the stakes record of 2:23 4-5 set by Captain Cee Jay in 1974.
Windsharp is trained by Wally Dollase, whose seven stakes victories lead all trainers at the current meeting, which began Dec. 26.
Northern Spur took a short lead on the final turn, but was overtaken first by Wandesta and later by Windsharp and Virginia Carnival.
Wandesta, ridden by Corey Nakatani and carrying 114 pounds, crossed the finish line 2 3/4 lengths ahead of Virginia Carnival and returned $4.60 and $3.60.
Virginia Carnival, a 14-1 longshot ridden by Rene Douglas and carrying 115 pounds, was a head in front of Northern Spur at the wire and paid $5.20 to show.
Following Northern Spur across the finish line were Le Silencieux and Party Season. There were no scratches.
Although McCarron finished out of the money aboard Northern Spur, he won three races and overtook Laffit Pincay to become thoroughbred racing’s all-time leading money-earning jockey with $190,315,569.
McCarron, 40, accomplished the feat aboard 4-year-old filly Ski Dancer in the day’s third race.